This is a popular activity that helps students to consider the needs and interests of children who may read the stories they create and is a great way to introduce the skill of empathising.
The activity involves students imagining a child in another country and then drawing and naming that child. Completed drawings can be used to make a class display and then referred to as stories are developed to help students focus their efforts on creating stories for an audience with a different culture and a different understanding of the English language.
It is worth discussing how many different cultures can live in the same area and that even in areas that are very close there may be differences in culture that are not fully understood between different people. Things that are particular to a certain culture or part of the world can be described as ‘alien concepts’ – they are things that children in a different place may not understand. An example of this would be that children in tropical countries may not understand what a radiator is. Alien concepts are good to include in stories but they need to be carefully described or explained. Describing a radiator would probably be boring therefore in this case it could be changed for ‘heater’ which is more likely to be widely understood.
- What makes your area interesting or different to other parts of the country?
- How would you describe the place you live to somebody that had never been there?